Geborgenheit by mamba

Geborgenheit…. German: for a feeling of security and safety. The father was always nearby, diving for food which he brought to his family.
Great Crested Grebe. Taken on Lake Lucerne. (German: Vierwaldstättersee “Lake of the Four Forested Cantons”) is a lake in central Switzerland and is the fourth largest in the country.

Wikiepedia: The Great Crested Grebe has an elaborate mating display. Like all grebes, it nests on the water’s edge, since its legs are set relatively far back and it is thus unable to walk very well. Usually two eggs are laid, and the fluffy, striped young grebe are often carried on the adult’s back. In a clutch of two or more hatchlings, male and female grebes will each identify their ‘favourites’, which they alone will care for and teach.
Unusually, young grebes are capable of swimming and diving almost at hatching. The adults teach these skills to their young by carrying them on their back and diving, leaving the chicks to float on the surface; they then re-emerge a few feet away so that the chicks may swim back onto them.


  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    July 13, 2010

  • Many thanks indeed Teresa for this feature.

    – mamba

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome mamba. A fascinating and beautiful bird!!

  • lesleys47
    lesleys47over 4 years ago

    Just love this!!! What a fantastic capture! And congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you kindly Lesley.

    – mamba

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Fabulous, such amazing bird, well done!

  • Thanking you very much byronbackyard.

    – mamba

  • Dania Reichmuth
    Dania Reichmuthover 4 years ago

    This is image is soo beautiful, superb capture! Finally a break from the heat..:)))))

  • Thanking you Dania. The heat is back again.

    – mamba

  • Betty Smith_Voce
    Betty Smith_Voceover 4 years ago

    Amazing how nature provides… Magnificent capture of the safe haven!

  • Thanking you kindly Betty for your lovely comments.

    – mamba

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